I need to talk to the spell check guys

We all know about Microsoft’s automatic spell check feature.  It’s that handy-dandy feature that converts things like teh to the.  In other words, it finds common misspellings of words that occur frequently in the English language, usually due to misstrokes on a keyboard and auto-corrects them.  It’s very useful, at least to me.  There are words that I mistype on a regular basis; it’s like an Olympic sport for me.

But sometimes some words get auto-corrected that I don’t want auto-corrected.  The most common one?  The short form of IP Addresses which I, and the rest of the internet world, refer to as IPs.  But MS-Word’s auto-correct always changes this to Ips.  That makes no sense, I want the first two letters in upper-case, not the first one only.

Now, I agree that it useful to generally interpret two capitalized letters in a word as a misspelled word in that I held down the shift key too long.  But there are exceptions to that rule and IPs is one of them. 

I need to find the dictionary folks and ask them "Please add this to your dictionary.  It’s a proper abbreviation.  A very small, yet significant, proportion of the computer user population uses it."

If that goes through, everyone reading this blog can thank me personally for it.

Comments (2)

  1. Nathan says:

    I haven’t used Word in a long time, thankfully, but I seem to recall that there’s a way to tell it "don’t correct the two initial caps thing if the word is only three letters long".